The '''Virginia Military Institute''' ('''VMI''') is a State university system|state-supported military academy|military college
in Lexington, Virginia
, the oldest such institution in the United States. Unlike any other Senior Military College
in the United States
, and in keeping with its founding principles, VMI enrolls cadets only and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively.
VMI offers cadets strict military discipline
combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
While VMI has been called the United States Military Academy|West Point
of the South,
it differs from the United States Service academies|federal service academies
in several respects. For example, the living conditions at VMI are far...